What’s so bad about Halloween anyway?
It’s just an opportunity for eating sweets and playing bobbing apples isn’t it? A fancy dress party and kids throwing eggs and loo roll at houses? Does anyone really celebrate it for its origins? What even are the origins? Watching horror movies in the dark waiting for a knock on the door to make you jump is just a bit of fun, isn’t it?
It seems like this on the surface, and if you don’t join in with these things then you are the odd one out in school or uni or work. Making a stand with something that isn’t obvious can be really difficult, so do we really need to? Not swearing or getting drunk or having sex out of marriage is easy to explain; the Bible says so. But how can we explain Halloween? Do we even understand why it shouldn’t be celebrated?
All that Halloween stands for can be described in Ephesians 2:
1As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, 2 in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient.3 All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our flesh and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature deserving of wrath.
If we look at what Halloween is in today’s culture we see people making fun of death, doing whatever pleases them and having to cope with the consequences later on. Kids everywhere gorge themselves on sweets, teenagers take advantage of the opportunity for antisocial behaviour, while many grownups find themselves intoxicated which can lead to all sorts of problems. Living for oneself leads to wrath, the Bible is clear about that.
How can we know that we are different as Christians? Why should we desire something other than that on Halloween? The following verses in Ephesians articulates it perfectly:
4 But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, 5 made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. 6 And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, 7 in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus.
When we are in a relationship with Jesus we are alive! This means that we understand the reality of death; we know how serious it is. That should be enough to put us off partaking in a celebration that trivialises the thing God sent Jesus to save us from. We are no longer living for ourselves, we are living for him which means we don’t wish to live for our own pleasures any more. Jesus is better. And by living for him we will know the incomparable riches of his grace!
There’s more to Halloween than meets the eye, so make sure you educate yourself before you agree to the parties this weekend. Like everything in life, make a decision based on who you are living for; Christ or yourself.